MCKEESPORT, Pa. – Four-star linebacker David Adams committed to Notre Dame in March. One day later, his teammate at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School, three-star defensive tackle Kurt Hinish, did the same. That means the two friends will play together for at least four more years beyond high school.
But first they’ve got to get through their senior seasons at Central, which took a state championship last year and finished runner-up three years ago.
The Vikings closed out the preseason last Saturday with a scrimmage at McKeesport.
“It went pretty good,” Hinish said. “Sitting down and watching film, I could do a little better on defense using my hands and stuff. I did really well on offense.”
Adams also feels he has some room to improve.
“It feels great for the season to be here again finally,” he said. “I just need to keep getting better.”
Hinish and Adams work together on defense to dominate opposing offenses.
While Hinish draws double team blocks up front, Adams finds the hole and attacks the ball carrier.
“Kurt is a monster and makes my job very easy,” Adams said. “Our D-Coordinator (Dave Flemming) puts me in a great position to make plays. Also credit to my teammates for all of them doing their jobs.”
Hinish dominated on both sides of the ball.
He played right tackle on offense and wouldn’t be opposed to playing the position in college.
“My dad always wants me to play offense in college but I like playing defense better,” he said. “Coach (Brian) Kelly said I remind him of one of his offensive linemen but he likes me on defense. You never know what could happen in college.”
Hinish and Adams will attend Notre Dame’s game against Michigan State in September.